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Police investigating following the death of a veterinarian near Dorris

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man died from a gunshot wound to the chest at a work-site on Friday night.

Posted: Jan 20, 2020 7:25 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2020 10:59 AM

DORRIS, Calif. -- The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man died from a gunshot wound to the chest at a work-site on Friday afternoon. 

Around 12:20 p.m. on Friday, January 17, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office responded to the call of a man that was shot in the chest near the 4600-block of East Butte Valley Road in the Dorris area. Butte Valley Ambulance crews and firefighters tried to revive the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office identified the man as 31-year-old Dr. Dakota Woodard, a veterinarian. Deputies reportedly found a rifle and a spent round near where Woodard had been found by a relative.

A memorial page for Dr. Woodard has been set up on the 'Forever Missed' website.

According to the Sheriff's Office, an autopsy will be conducted this week. A preliminary investigation does not indicate any foul play or a deliberate act on the part of the victim to hurt himself or others. There is no threat to the public. This case is still under investigation.

“On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would again like to take this opportunity to extend our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the decedent, his family, and friends," said Sheriff Jon Lopey.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.

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